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Vol 2 (AAC) No 9

Published 1st July 2009


China woos the team of rivals

Harare's power-sharing government needs finance urgently but cannot agree on how to negotiate the terms with China

As China emerges as the biggest outside financier of the power-sharing government, differences in Harare over policy towards Beijing are growing. The first public row broke soon after Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's tour of Western capitals in June to raise funds to finance his government's economic reforms. Tsvangirai returned with pledges of US$500 million for humanitarian assistance channelled through non-governmental organisations. The government's short-term recovery plan called for an infusion of $8.5 billion.

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